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Is bamboo harmful to chickens?

Discussion in 'Feeding & Watering Your Flock' started by Chicksforthekids, Feb 27, 2009.

  1. Chicksforthekids

    Chicksforthekids New Egg

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    I am thinking about planting bamboo for a hedge. I expect my chickens to try and snack on it. Does anyone know if bamboo harmful to chickens?
     
  2. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    It is not harmful to chickens. (Notice that many chinese-restaurant dishes have bamboo shoot in them... [​IMG])

    However most bamboos are TERRIBLY invasive and cannot be kept under control by normal measures (i.e. anything short of dynamite and/or an eight-foot thick solid steel wall going down about twenty feet into the ground [​IMG])

    So if you are going to plant bamboo you'd better make REAL sure it is one of the non-suckering non-invasive kinds. Or you'll be soorrrrrr-yyyy....

    Good luck, have fun,

    Pat
     
  3. Wifezilla

    Wifezilla Positively Ducky

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    most bamboos are TERRIBLY invasive and cannot be kept under control by normal measures (i.e. anything short of dynamite and/or an eight-foot thick solid steel wall going down about twenty feet into the ground

    Kind of like Mint? [​IMG]
     
  4. patandchickens

    patandchickens Flock Mistress

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    Quote:Kind of like Mint? [​IMG]

    Not at all like mint -- more like vertical kudzu with the structural strength of some types of wood [​IMG]

    Pat
     
  5. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

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    Bamboo is very lethal!!! especially with applied to the head in a swift motion [​IMG] [​IMG]

    I will stop now...NOT!!! [​IMG]
     
  6. birdnutz

    birdnutz Chillin' With My Peeps

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    Have you seen the bamboo that gets up to 80 feet tall? It was in one of my seed catalogs that I just recieved. It won't grow here. We have our invasives. Sage brush, tumble weeds and crab grass. At least these are my problems. Even kudzu wouldn't stand a chance!
     
  7. mrsengeseth

    mrsengeseth Chillin' With My Peeps

    hmmmm bamboo you say.....

    maybe that might be an option for us too. I like the idea.
     
  8. Chick_a_dee

    Chick_a_dee Chillin' With My Peeps

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    You know whats really invasive? DARN WILD OAK WITH HUGE TAP ROOTS...

    Agreeing with Pat on this [​IMG]
     
  9. Teach97

    Teach97 Bantam Addict

    Nov 12, 2008
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    tumbleweeds...the migrating plant [​IMG]

    Comes South with the cold front and back north with the warm front!! Maybe we could communicate with them! Stupid things don't watch both ways before crossing the street though...high mortality rate on the highways...very sad to see all the flattend things [​IMG]
     
  10. sandypaws

    sandypaws Chillin' With My Peeps

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    i have a small patch of bamboo in my yard ,,, chickens love it,, horses love it,, goats love it...

    i live in the desert.. the bamboo will only grow as far as it has water.. so mine stays in a patch (around my laundry greywater) but if you live in a place with a high water table.. i could see it taking over your whole yard,, and it is a SOB to kill (kinda like mint)
    there are also SEVERAL TYPES of "bamboo" the kind i have only grows maybe 25 feet tall,,, not 80!!!!

    those bigbad tumble weeds also BURN quickly... migrating fire balls!!!
     

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